The 26 former IU basketball players chosen in the first round of the NBA draft – The Daily Hoosier

While no Hoosiers are expected to be drafted this year, with 26 players selected in the first round of the NBA draft, Indiana ranks 7th all-time in NCAA history.

Of course, one of the 26 is head coach Mike Woodson. The Knicks selected Woodson with the 12th pick in the 1980 NBA draft and he enjoyed an 11-year playing career in the NBA, averaging 14.0 points in 786 games.

The first of the 26 to be chosen was Ward Williams, a 6-foot-4 product from Colfax, Ind. who played for IU head coach Branch McCracken in the 1940s. The last was New Albany, Indiana-based one-time IU star Romeo Langford.

Two of Indiana’s most dominant teams — the undefeated 1975-76 Hoosiers and 1992-93 17-1 Big Ten champions are well represented, with four players picked in the first round from each team. The 1981 national champions were left with three first-round selections.

Indiana is one of 19 programs to have had at least two of its former players selected as first draft picks. For IU, Walt Bellamy and Kent Benson were picked first overall in their respective drafts.

Here are the 26 former Hoosiers who were chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft.

  • Ward Williams – 1948 (Fort Wayne)
  • Archie Dees – 1958 (Cincinnati)
  • Walt Bellamy – 1961 (Chicago)
  • Steve Downing – 1973 (Boston)
  • Quinn Buckner – 1976 (Milwaukee)
  • Scott May – 1976 (Chicago)
  • Bobby Wilkerson – 1976 (Seattle)
  • Kent Benson – 1977 (Milwaukee)
  • Mike Woodson – 1980 (New York)
  • Isiah Thomas – 1981 (Detroit)
  • Ray Tolbert – 1981 (New Jersey)
  • Randy Wittman – 1983 (Washington)
  • Uwe Blab – 1985 (Dallas)
  • Calbert Cheaney – 1993 (Washington)
  • Greg Graham – 1993 (Charlotte)
  • Alan Henderson – 1995 (Atlanta)
  • Brian Evans – 1996 (Orlando)
  • Kirk Haston – 2001 (Charlotte)
  • Jared Jeffries – 2002 (Washington)
  • Eric Gordon – 2008 (LA Clippers)
  • DJ White – 2008 (Detroit)
  • Victor Oladipo – 2013 (Orlando)
  • Cody Zeller – 2013 (Charlotte)
  • Noé Vonleh – 2014 (Charlotte)
  • OG Anunoby – 2017 (Toronto)
  • Romeo Langford – 2019 (Boston)

Of course, what constitutes an NBA Draft first-round selection has changed as the number of players in the league has grown.

Here are the other former Hoosiers who would also have been first-round picks based on today’s 30-team league:

  • Bill Garrett (16th pick, 1950)
  • Lou Watson (30th pick, 1950)
  • Dick Farley (15th pick, 1954)
  • Don Schlundt (14th pick, 1954)
  • Bobby Leonard (10th pick, 1956)
  • Ron Horn (16th pick, 1961)
  • Frank Radovich (14th pick, 1961)
  • Tom Bolyard (19th pick, 1962)
  • Jon McGlocklin (24th pick, 1965)
  • Dick Van Arsdale (10th pick, 1965)
  • Tom Van Arsdale (11th pick, 1965)
  • Jimmy Rayl (22nd pick, 1967)
  • Joby Wright (18th pick, 1972)
  • Steve Green (30th pick, 1975)
  • George McGinnis (22nd pick, 1971)
  • Wayne Radford (27th pick, 1978)
  • Steve Alford (26th pick, 1987)

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